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The Demonata (3) - Slawter Hardcover – 5 Jun 2006

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; First Edition, First Printing edition (5 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007229550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007229550
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Never trust fairy tales. There are no happy endings. There's always something new around the corner. You can overcome major obstacles, face great danger, look evil in the eye and live to tell the tale - but that's not the end. As long as your breathing, your story's still going ...

Nightmares haunt the dreams of Dervish Grady since his return from the Demonata universe, but Grubbs takes care of his Uncle as they both try to continue a normal, demon-free existence. When a legendary cult director calls in Dervish as a consultant for a new horror movie, it seems a perfect excuse for a break from routine and a chance for some fun. But being on the set of a town called Slawter stirs up more memories for Grubbs and his friend Bill-E. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
After reading the previous two novels in the series, Slawter felt like a step backwards in terms of plotting. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, Demon Thief served to introduce a number of plot devices which seemed important to the series. These are largely not mentioned in this novel. It instead serves as more of a "monster of the week" story, doing nothing to really advance the overarching plot beyond showing Grubbs's magic improving.

Despite this, I did feel that Slawter was better paced than Demon Thief. I found that Demon Thief was a bit of an exhausting read as the action was non-stop. Slawter takes longer to build up. While the ending will slake the thirst of any fans of gore, there is little before this as the novel takes its time to gradually work up to this exciting climax. My only real disappointment in terms of the plot was the lack of a decent twist. Both Lord Loss and Demon Thief excelled in this department but Slawter could not really compare. It's pretty easy to deduce what's happening on the movie set by the half-way point in the novel.

In terms of characterisation, there is some pretty nice development for Grubbs this time round. Although he can still be something of a jerk, it's nice to see a caring side to him as he cares for the disturbed Dervish. I also liked that he never becomes an action hero - it's always made clear how scared he is and the toll that the Demonata takes on him, even while he is protecting his friends.

Unfortunately, the secondary cast still don't receive the same care. While I didn't dislike them, I also never really felt as though I got to know them and so didn't care what happened to them in the end. Hopefully this will change as the series progresses - I'd really like to feel some empathy for Dervish or Bill-E as this is kind of series that could see them horribly killed at any point!
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Format: Hardcover
Darren Shan is at the top of his form in his latest masterpiece of gruesome demons and terror. This third book in the DEMONATA series picks up where THE DEMON THIEF left us. Dervish is almost back to normal. Grubitsch Grady, better known as Grubbs, and his half-brother, Bill-E, are trying to live a normal life without demons. A group called The Lambs want to take Bill-E to their lab and observe and test him to see if he is really cured of lycanthropy. Uncle Dervish and Grubbs are certainly not going to allow that. Then Dervish is approached by acclaimed horror movie producer, David A. Haym, or "Davida," who wants Dervish to be a consultant on her new film. She has resurrected a ghost town and renamed it Slawter. Her masterpiece will have a demon theme, and Dervish, of course, is a demon expert.

The demons that romp through SLAWTER seem all too real to Grubbs and he begins to wonder whether more than filming is afoot when strange happenings disrupt the set and the filming. He can't seem to convince Uncle Dervish that real demons are on the loose, and are not just ingenious costumes. People begin to disappear. Is Lord Loss back in business?

Darren Shan broke new ground with his bestselling CIRQUE DU FREAK series, and now his DEMONATA series promises to be as great a hit with the kids. Shan is a master at characterization and plotting, and the fear factor raises your goose-bumps to a new height. I would not recommend this series for children ages ten and under, but for older kids that love scary stories with lots of gruesome gore, this book fits that category. The reluctant readers will love this exciting, horrific story.

Reviewed by: Grandma Bev
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Format: Paperback
The book takes off where Lord Loss ended, with Grubbs, Bill-E and Dervish Grady all try to live a normal life. Then a horror movie director invites them to come an join her as they film Slawter, the most realistic demon film ever.
But who is this director really working for?
Why are children going missing?
And why are the Demons on set looking realistic... too realistic?

Lord Loss is back, and wants revenge on Grubbs.

BUY THE BOOK! It's brilliant.
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Format: Paperback
We are back with Grubbs, a year has passed since his first encounter with Lord Loss, Dervish is having horrible nightmares and Grubbs is struggling to pull him back from that darkness. Until they are invited to be consultants on a new horror film. The Producer/Director has heard that Dervish is a master of information on demons and wants to use that knowledge to make a super realistic Demon film, the only problem it - things start to get a little bit too realistic when real Demons show up. But with actors and costumes everywhere, who will believe Grubbs when he tries to unearth them.

I liked Grubbs a lot more in this book, he's grown up a lot and is really coming into his own, he's stronger and plans ahead more.

I read this one really quickly again, I just couldn't seem to stop reading. It's so gripping I had to know what would happen, there are a lot of surprise twists and turns and loads of excitement. Again there was some gore and quite bloody scenes, but I've come to expect that from this series and it didn't seem as bad as the first book, for me that one was the most shocking and therefore had the biggest effect. I'd still caution anyone easily scared, squeamish or younger readers.

Very enjoyable and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Got to wait for the next book to arrive though...
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